Master of Science for Sustainable Water Management (SWM)

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The Sustainable Water Management (SWM) program is an intensive one year professional Master of Science degree which addresses the growing international demand for interdisciplinary water management experts. Through its curriculum of four core classes, four track-specific classes, a seminar, and a summer practicum, students develop the skills, expertise, and experience needed to address the challenges and opportunities of sustainable water management.

SWM graduates are multidisciplinary water experts with a foundational skillset that encompasses water policy, the economics of water, leadership, quantitative analysis, and water science and systems. Our program prepares water leaders for future professional careers at the forefront of driving sustainable water management solutions for global challenges.


All of our students build a foundation of core competencies that include water policy, the economics of water, leadership, quantitative analysis, and water science and systems. Students specialize in one of four tracks, each of which has its own core classes and electives:

  • Water Infrastructure for Human Settlements
  • Water Diplomacy
  • Water, Food, and Energy
  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in International Development and Humanitarian Response

Our unique interdisciplinary focus is enabled by close collaboration with graduate schools across Tufts University. Based on their chosen track, SWM students are able to take core classes and electives at multiple Tufts’ graduate schools, including The Friedman School of Nutrition, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Tufts Medical School, Tufts School of Arts and Sciences, and the Tufts School of Engineering.

What makes the SWM program unique is our holistic approach to water management, which combines rigorous professional preparation with deep analysis of water challenges from the scientific perspective, the engineering perspective, and the social sciences perspective.

SWM students complete 10 credits. Four core classes (four credits) are taken by the group as a cohort, enabling them to build a foundational skillset applicable to every facet of water management. The next four credits are based on a student’s chosen academic track, and are a combination of required courses and electives. The ninth credit is a two-semester seminar built around real-world case studies and simulations, giving students the opportunity to apply their learning to real world water management challenges.

The tenth and final credit is a summer practicum supported by a stipend of up to $3,000. Leveraging the SWM program’s network of experts and professionals, students are able to pursue water projects and field experience around the world. This ensures that SWM students are able to shape the degree to match their individual career goals and develop as multidisciplinary water professionals.

How To Apply

Applications are submitted through the Tufts University Health Sciences website, where you will have the option of selecting the Friedman School (our host school) and the Masters of Science in Sustainable Water Management program. The application fee will be automatically waived during this application period.

Our application requires:

  • Academic Transcript
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Two essays: 1. A Personal Statement 2. A short essay in which you will choose one of two prompts.
  • GRE score (could be waived, contact us at for further information)
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 90 or IELTS score of 6.5 for applicants who are not native English speakers and who do not have at least 3 years of English instruction in secondary school.

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